It’s one of my favorite times of the year…farmer’s market season! June tends to mark the start of the weekly farmers’ markets around the state. For the past few years I have been a weekly visitor of the Morristown market. There is nothing that quite compares with the fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, local meats, and specialty products that the merchants peddle weekly at these markets. It not only supports our local agriculture but; provides a level of freshness in the food that you often can’t buy at the grocery store.
Most people don’t even realize they have a farmers’ market right in their backyard to take advantage of. I know I didn’t find out about the Morristown farmers’ market until I had already lived here for a handful of years. So today’s post is dedicated to bringing my readers the discovery of their own local market. I have put together a list of one market per county ( in alphabetical order) but there are SO many more. Luckily, Jersey Fresh has put together a comprehensive listing per county of many of the farmers’ markets available. I’ll share that link below.
Margate Farmers’ Market; Margate, NJ: This market will open on June 19th but only runs until August so take advantage of local merchants such as Brookeberry Farm, Clam Daddy’s, and Reed’s Market.
Ramsey Farmers’ Market; Paramus, NJ: It opens in June and runs to November on Sundays. See what some of these farmers have to offer: Orchards of Concklin, Madura Farms , and Valley Shepherd Creamery.
Kirby’s Farmers’ Market; Medford, NJ: This market is brought to you from June through October on Sundays. See what Sorbello Farm Girls, Cream Ridge Winery, and Mill Creek Apiary have to offer.
Vorhees Town Center’s Farmers’ Market; Vorhees, NJ: This market serves up the community from May through October on Saturdays. This market includes vendors like Chestnut Run Farm, WoodsEdge Wools Farm, and Duffield’s Farm. Check out the petting zoo, tractor rides and arts and crafts too!
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Ocean City Farmers’ Market; Ocean City, NJ: Head to this market on Wednesdays from June 25th through September 10th. There are no vendors listed but you’re sure to find plenty of produce and hand crafted specialty items!
Marlboro Farm Market at the Greater Bridgeton Amish Market; Bridgeton, NJ: Check out this year round market weekly from Thursday through Saturday. They don’t have vendor information on their site so their goodies will be a special surprise on your visit!
Montclair Farmers’ Market (both 1.0 & 2.0); Montclair, NJ: Both markets start in June and can be found on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Find some of these vendors there: Roaming Acres, Matarazzo Farms, and Tree-Licisous.
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Downtown Hoboken Farmers’ Market; Hoboken, NJ (There are 3 in Hoboken): From June 24th to November 18th on Tuesdays market goers can pick up goods from these local vendors, Starbrite Organic Farm, Pickle-licious, and Melick’s Town Farm.
Frenchtown Farmers’ Market; Frenchtown, NJ: Head to this farmers market from June until October 26th on Sundays. Check out Lima Family Farms, Fields Without Fences, and Frenchtown Community Gardens while you’re visiting.
Princeton Farmers’ Market; Princeton, NJ: This market is year round however; in the summer it runs every Thursday rather than bi-weekly as it does in the winter. Some of the favorites at this market include PorcSalt, Fulper Farms, and Fruitwood Farms.
Edison Farmers’ Market; Edison, NJ: The market begins on June 21st and lasts until the end of October on Sundays. Pick up goodies for the pups from K9 confections or get your own sweets from Raritan Bakery or Neshanic Valley Bee Keepers.
Asbury Fresh; Asbury Park, NJ: Come down on Sundays from June 22nd to September 7th. Check in with some local vendors like Rolling Hills Farm, From the Garden, and That Sounds Delicious.
Morristown Farmers’ Market; Morristown, NJ: This market begins on June 15th and runs to November 23rd on Sundays. Get your weekly produce fix from Alstede Farms, Peaceful Valley Orchards, and Griggstown Quail Farm.
Point Pleasant Beach Farmers’ Market; Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: The market is open from June 8th through September 28th on Sundays. Get all your fruit and veggies from vendors such as Dewolfs U Pick Farm, Robson’s Farm, and Moonlight Acres.
Paterson Farmers’ Market; Paterson, NJ: Paterson market is open from Easter through Christmas on Sundays. Take a look at the goods from farms such as Bader’s Farm, Mountain Top Orchard, and Ricky’s Produce.
Salem Farmers’ Market; Salem, NJ: Here is another short run market that begins in June and ends early August. Take advantage of the Thursday’s they are open by getting products from Wally’s Vegetables, Salem Spice, and Fishwives Specialty Foods.
Downtown Somerville Farmers’ Market; Somerville, NJ: This market starts on June 20th and runs until the end of October on Thursdays. Visit with your favorite merchants like Whistling Wolf Farms, The Farmer and the Chickpea, and Esther’s Treats.
Sussex County Farmers’ Market at the Fairgrounds; Augusta, NJ: The market will be open on June 1st and runs to October 26th on Saturdays. Come shop from farmers including Dana Ray Farm, Glenmalure Farm, and Ideal Farm.
Summit Farmers’ Market; Summit, NJ: This market runs from May until November on Sundays. You’ll find favorites from North Slope Farm, Cherry Grove Organic Farm, and Shore Catch.
Blairstown Farmers’ Market; Blairstown, NJ: The market opened in late May and will run on Sundays through October. Listen to live music while shopping from Arena Farm, Lakeside Maple, and Silver Birch Kitchens.
As you can see farming is alive and well in the garden state. Let’s all take advantage of this local luxury and get to a farmers’ market this year! As promised I have a link to the Jersey Fresh website through the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This has a much longer list of farmers’ markets for all of you to explore. Here you go: http://jerseyfresh.nj.gov/find/community.html
…all for the love of the dish